MA in Iranian Studies

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Among all universities in Europe and North America SOAS host the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff working on Iranian history, politics, economics, religions, art and archaeology, linguistics, Persian language and literature, media, film, anthropology and music. SOAS has the resources to offer a comprehensive, critical perspective on a variety of aspects of Iranian society and culture and go beyond the contemporary public debates around this country.

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider West Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural makeup of Iran.

The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students knowledge about the religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region it is embedded in. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor module options). Persian language and literature will also be studied.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the core module Iran: Culture, History, Politics (30 credits), 30 credits from List A, and a further 60 credits from List A or List B.

Core Module

Students must take the following module.

  • Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 (30credits) Full Year

Compulsory Modules

Students must take 30 credits from List A and the Dissertation below.

  • Dissertation in Iranian Studies 15PNMC998 (60credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List A and a further 60 credits from Lisa A or List B

List A: Iran-specific modules

  • Intensive Persian Language 15PNMC415 (30credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 (30credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30credits) Full Year
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 (30credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Text and Context in Zoroastrianism 15PSRC036 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in Persian Studies 15PNMC425 (30credits) Full Year
  • Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) 15PNMC401 (30credits) Full Year
  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 (30credits) Full Year

List B - Modules relating to the Middle East

  • Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 (30credits) Full Year
  • Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 (30credits) Full Year
  • Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 (15 credits) Term 2
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Last updated January 22, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 3 years
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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